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Rhinestone Eyes is the fourth track on Gorillaz's 2010 album "Plastic Beach".

Recording and Information[]

Rhinestone Eyes was initially supposed to receive a full release as the fourth single from the album, with copies of the physical single being sent to radio stations across the United States. However, just days after the copies were issued, the band made the decision to issue Doncamatic as a non-album single instead.

Band member Murdoc Niccals stated the following about "Rhinestone Eyes" in a track-by-track commentary:

"This one was recorded in my little submarine. I nicked a bit of my own ‘Electric Shock’ track, and stuck it in here, with a little delay over the top. Came out quite well, don’t you think?"

Music Video[]

Murdoc rhinstone eyes

Murdoc looks at the Boogeyman, in the animatic for the video.

A storyboard version of a possible music video for the song was released on October 4, 2010, on the band's official YouTube channel. The storyboard begins by telling the story of how all four of the band members reunite on Plastic Beach, with the return of Russel and Noodle. The opening scene shows Russel and Noodle heading to Plastic Beach, with Noodle riding on the top of Russel's head as he eats a hammerhead shark. The Boogieman then appears at the top of Plastic Beach with Murdoc and Cyborg Noodle discovering him. Cyborg Noodle starts shooting at the Boogieman, as he hides behind a statue of Pazuzu.

The Boogieman then jumps into the ocean with 2-D noticing him from his room and lands on an empty ship. The Boogieman then points to Murdoc and recalls a flashback which seems to show the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse passing by in a desert setting (possibly Mexico) where Murdoc used to be an arms dealer while the Boogieman is left behind on a donkey. A mysterious man approaches him and holds his hand out as a sign of friendship. As the Boogieman stretches out his hand, the man grabs his hand and the man is revealed to be Murdoc.

The scene returns to normal with the Boogieman feeling outwitted as Murdoc grins. Cyborg Noodle blows up the entrance while holding a complete arsenal of weapons, surprising all of the fellow people who collaborated on Plastic Beach as her eyes start to water similar to the Stylo music video.

The Boogieman summons his army to attack Plastic Beach while Cyborg Noodle and the collaborators try to defend the island. A whale begins to bite the bottom of Plastic Beach, scaring 2-D, who has his clown mask on. Russel grabs its tail and tosses it into the sky hitting a plane. Cyborg Noodle is startled to see Russel while he opens his mouth, revealing Noodle to be inside.

Noodle takes off her mask to reveal some scars around her right eye as she stares at Cyborg Noodle while the video ends.

An animated version of the video was created by fan Richard Van As, mixing elements of classic animation and 3D graphics, and released on his YouTube channel on August 31, 2017.

Lyrics[1][]

I'm a scary gargoyle on a tower
That you made with plastic power
Your rhinestone eyes are like factories far away
Where the paralytic dreams that we all seem to keep
Drive on engines til they weep with future pixels in factories far away

So call the mainland from the beach
All parties now washed up in bleach
The waves are rising for this time of year
And nobody knows what to do with the heat
Under sunshine pylons we'll meet
While rain is falling like rhinestones from the sky

I got a feeling now my heart is frozen
all the bowses and the growses
have been after native in my soul
I prayed on the immovable yeah,clinging to the atoms of rocks
Seasons the adjustments signs of change
I can't see now she said taxi
Now red light is all I can take
This dawn brings strange loyalties and skies
I'm a scary gargoyle on a tower
That you made with plastic power
Your rhinestone eyes are like factories far away

Here we go again
That's electric
That's electric

Helicopters fly over the beach
Same time every day same routine
Clear target in summer when skies are blue
It's part of the noise when winter comes
It reverberates in my lungs
Natures corrupted in factories far away
Here we go again

That's electric

Your love's like rhinestones falling from the sky
That's electric
With future pixels in factories far away
Here we go again

That's electric

Your love's like rhinestones falling from the sky
That's electric
With future pixels in factories far away
Here we go again

Video[]

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Gorillaz - Rhinestone Eyes - Plastic Beach

Visualiser[]

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Gorillaz - Rhinestone Eyes Official Video

Trivia[]

  • On Plastic Beach, the working title for Rhinestone Eyes was "Stink Fish", until Murdoc changed it to "Pepper Larch" because there was nothing really "Stink Fishy" about it. Ultimately, the title was changed to "Rhinestone Eyes".
  • Daley (from Doncamatic) died either before, during, or after the events of Rhinestone Eyes as his corpse/bones are shown in The Lost Chord.

References[]

  1. "Plastic Beach [Japanese experience edition]", TOCP-66950, booklet pp.11-12

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